COP26: Sainsbury’s confirmed as Principal Partner for climate summit

The supermarket has committed £1bn over 20 years to become net zero by 2040 and recently set science-based targets to reduce emissions across its value chain by 30% by 2030

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Sainsbury’s has been announced as the sixth Principal Partner for the COP26 climate change summit taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November.

The supermarket has committed £1 billion over 20 years to become net zero by 2040 and recently set science-based targets to reduce emissions across its value chain by 30% by 2030.

It has also outlined ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions, food waste, plastic packaging, water usage and increase recycling, biodiversity and healthy and sustainable eating.

As a UK retailer with an international supply chain, Sainsbury’s will collaborate at the summit with world leaders, businesses and climate experts who are at the centre of decision-making.

Sainsbury’s CEO Simon Roberts said: “We believe that everyone wants to play their part and reduce their impact on the planet – and that we can help shoppers find simple ways to make delicious, great value food healthier and more environmentally friendly, one plate at a time.

“We have long recognised our responsibility to protect the environment and I’m extremely proud that we continue to lead the charge. Tackling climate change requires transformational thinking across industry and government and a willingness to collaborate globally. We are delighted to partner with COP26 and hope that it inspires our colleagues, customers and other businesses to rally together to protect and restore our planet for future generations to come.”

Sainsbury’s joins SSE, Sky, ScottishPower, NatWest Group and National Grid to support the delivery of a successful and ambitious climate summit.

COP26 President Alok Sharma added: “Businesses have a key role to play in helping us build back greener and Sainsbury’s has shown strong leadership by making a clear commitment to combating climate change through science based measures, as well as reducing plastic packaging and empowering consumers to make more sustainable choices.

“I am delighted to welcome them as a Principal Partner for COP26.”